Matt Villano Title: Freelance writer Education: Northwestern University, BSJ Location: Healdsburg, California Expertise: Family travel, Neurodivergence, Mental health Matt Villano has been a full-time freelance writer for the last 25 years. In that time, he's penned pieces for publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, TIME, Newsweek, CNN, Travel + Leisure, AFAR, National Geographic Traveler, San Francisco magazine, and more. He has written and updated 16 guidebooks, including 13 about Las Vegas. He also is a prolific copywriter, helping brands with everything from marketing campaigns to blog posts. Villano keeps a family travel blog at Wandering Pod, and moonlights as an animated wine bottle named Matty Vino. To me, "family" represents the people I choose to spend my life with. They are my closest confidantes, my teammates, my rocks. About Parents Parents, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning online resource for trustworthy, empathetic, and supportive information and inspiration for your families. We reach 9 million readers a month. Our content is written by experienced journalists, fact checked, and reviewed by our Expert Review Board for accuracy. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.